Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Dancing on the pinhead of patient choice

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my impotent rage and fury that the both Tory and Labour health speakers are pranting their abstract fantasies about "patient choice" in the NHS* when to all intents and purposes out here in the real world my patients have no acess to meaningful services in child and adult psychiatry, nor to reasonable cardiology services nor can rapid response teams access IV fluids nor can we access 1001 other simple basic secondary care services within reasonable time - yet the leaders of our two main political parties are fighting each other for the priviledge of dancing upon the pinhead of patient choice. Whom the gods wish to destroy...

*NHS = National Health Service, an extraordinary arrangement whereby everyone can access healthcare on the basis of species (only homo sapiens need apply) rather than size of wallet. Born in 1940s by a Labour government, poisoned in 2000s by New Labour government.

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